Three local attorneys to take leadership roles with Pa. Bar Association

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Bar Association has announced that three local attorneys will be serving in leadership roles.

Luzerne County’s David E. Schwager will be serving as the association’s vice president. Schwager will then become the association’s president from 2020 to 2021.

The attorney is a partner in the Wilkes-Barre law firm Chariton, Schwager & Malak. According to a press release, he previously served as the chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

He also had previous leadership roles in the PBA, serving three one-year terms as the association’s treasurer from 2013 to 2016, and serving as chair of the association’s finance and investment committees.

Schwager was also recently named a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

The two other attorneys both come from Lackawanna County.

Michael J. McDonald will begin his third one-year term as the bar association’s secretary.

McDonald, part of the Scranton-based law firm McDonald and MacGregor PC, is no stranger to leadership roles, serving previously as the PBA Zone Five governor, representing attorneys from much of our area.

He is a member of the PBA House of Delegates, and is the co-chair of the association’s membership development committee. He also served previously as the president of the Lackawanna Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division.

Lackawanna County’s other representative will also be heading up the Young Lawyers Division, albeit at the the state level.

Jennifer Menichini, from the Scranton-based Greco Law Associates PC, will become the chair-elect of the division. She’s currently serving out the end of a one-year term as the division’s secretary.

She’s a member of the PBA House of Delegates, and has served in a leadership role in the PBA Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.

All the attorneys will begin their terms May 11 at the close of the PBA annual meeting in Hershey.

The PBA was founded in 1895, and 26,000 lawyers across the state are members.




By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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